AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  1. mario24601 macrumors regular

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    Worth it to get refurbished, saves $30 or student discount for new saves $20? I have a Netgear N600 right now, works fine but thinking of returning for AP E...I just to use PCs but no more, maybe apple is way to go for router also?
     
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    There's no appreciable difference between an AEBS and almost any other 802.11n wireless router.
     
  4. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure you check model numbers to make sure you're not getting the 4th Generation.
     
  5. mario24601 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I went ahead and ordered a refurb one, going to return the N600, seems like both of these are on par but seems overall apple products just 'run' a little bit better. The AEB is about 20-30 more than the N600 so not much more.
     
  6. tommot82 macrumors regular

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    aesthetics and ease of configuration... that is all!

    but then that pretty much describes the difference between most apple products and the competition :)
     
  7. ea9 macrumors regular

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    I can't agree. For Airplay AE is the only way to go in my opinion.
    The best Cisco router e4200 stutters and so does a cheaper Dlink.
     
  8. hafr macrumors 68030

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    AEBS doesn't do airplay.
     
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  10. ea9 macrumors regular

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    I know but with my 4 airport express' and 2 apple tv's in the house my cisco e4200 would stutter often, airplay mirroring would bug a lot. The only solution (documented on cisco forums) is to use G mode only... not really a solution. I was waiting for firmware 1.04 until I finally gave up. My previous dlink was a g router that would stutter. The throughput needed to send music to the 6 devices was clearly too high combined with the distance of the devices.

    I'm just saying if airplay is important... Airport extreme is a safe bet compared to similarly priced N600 from netgear or the cisco e4200.

    Just an FYI, the e4200 is the V1 which uses the same broadcom chip as the AEBS

    He's right, the Extreme doesn't do it. The Express does.
     
  11. hafr macrumors 68030

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    AEBS is an abbreviation for AirPort Extreme Base Station. You're talking about the APE, AirPort Express.

    Oh, okay now I follow :) Sorry.
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    AEBS is used to refer to the AirPort Extreme Base Station, which, unlike the AirPort Express, does not support AirPlay. From the link you quoted:
     
  13. garbeth macrumors regular

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    My apologies, I stand corrected.
     
  14. mario24601 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got my refurb unit today, as always other than a white box can't even tell this was ever opened. Glad I went with refurb, saves a couple bucks and so far I'm impressed with the router...my Netgear N600 WNDR3700 went back today...now I'm am FULLY converted to all apple products :)
     

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